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1 Youth program Presenters Name Date

2 Youth program Prescription for Danger The stats, myths, and risks of prescription drug abuse

3 Youth program What do you think? Approximately how many prescriptions are purchased in the U.S. each year? 1.3, , million billion trillion 1.3, , million billion trillion

4 Youth program Advertising

5 Youth program Generation Rx Pharmaceutical Populism …a growing culture of self-diagnosis and prescription

6 Youth program What do you think? About how many Americans (age 12 or older) abused a prescription medication in a year? 1.7, , , million 5.70 million 1.7, , , million 5.70 million

7 Youth program Stats and Trends Prescription for Danger In 2007, nearly 7 million people abused prescription medications. This exceeds that for ALL street drugs (except marijuana) combined. There are just as many new abusers of Rx drugs as there are for marijuana. (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2007)

8 Youth program What do you think? Which behavior(s) is considered prescription drug abuse? 1.Taking a prescription drug that was not prescribed for you 2.Taking more of a prescription drug than you’re supposed to 3.Taking a prescription drug for a reason other than you’re supposed to 4.All of the above 1.Taking a prescription drug that was not prescribed for you 2.Taking more of a prescription drug than you’re supposed to 3.Taking a prescription drug for a reason other than you’re supposed to 4.All of the above

9 Youth program What do you think? Are teens a part of this problem? 1.Yes 2.No 1.Yes 2.No

10 Youth program Stats and Trends Prescription for Danger Nearly 1 in 5 teens report abusing medications that were not prescribed to them. Top five drugs used by 12 th graders in the past year Monitoring the Future study, The University of Michigan, 2006

11 Youth program Stats and Trends 1 in 3 teens reports knowing someone who abuses Rx drugs Every day, 2,500 youth (aged 12-17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the very first time

12 Youth program What do you think? Why do teens abuse prescription drugs? 1.To get high 2.To relieve pain 3.To improve grades 4.To “fit in” 5.All of the above 1.To get high 2.To relieve pain 3.To improve grades 4.To “fit in” 5.All of the above

13 Youth program Stats and Trends Prescription for Danger Teens admit to abusing Rx medicine for reasons other than getting high (e.g. pain relief, anxiety, increase alertness) More than one-third of teens say they feel some pressure to abuse Rx drugs Nearly 10% say using Rx drugs is an important part of fitting in with their friends (Office of National Drug Control Policy, 2007)

14 Youth program What do you think? When justifying their prescription drug abuse, what reasons do teens give? 1.“Rx drugs can’t be dangerous.” 2.“Rx drugs can’t be addictive.” 3.“It’s legal.” 4.All of the above 1.“Rx drugs can’t be dangerous.” 2.“Rx drugs can’t be addictive.” 3.“It’s legal.” 4.All of the above

15 Youth program Stats and Trends Prescription for Danger 40% of teens consider the abuse of prescription drugs to be much safer than street drugs 29% believe prescription pain relievers are not addictive.

16 Youth program Prescription for Danger - Summary In terms of abuse, prescription drugs are not safe alternatives to street drugs Addiction can occur just as easily with prescription drugs as it does with street drugs. Possessing a Rx drug without a prescription is illegal and a felony offense (punishable by jail time)

17 Youth program Questions or comments YOUR NAME HERE ?

18 Youth program Developed by The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy This program is made possible with a grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation


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